National stop smoking day 11th March 2020
Stop smoking, start repairing
Make today the day for taking that first step on your quit journey!
“No matter how long you've smoked for, no matter how many cigarettes you smoke a day, your health will start to improve as soon as you quit.
Some health benefits are immediate, some are longer-term, but what matters is that it's never too late. Quitting smoking can feel like a big challenge but you don’t have to do it alone”
There is support to help quit on the website with a “Quit Smoking with your free personal quit plan” .
World Sleep Day - Friday 13th March 2020
“World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year. “
World Sleep Day is an annual event to raise awareness of sleep disorders and the burden that they place on society. The 13th annual World Sleep Day will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020.
- Most sleep disorders are preventable or treatable, yet less than one-third of sufferers seek professional help.
- Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population.
- Better understanding of sleep conditions and more research into the area will help reduce the burden of sleep disorders on society.
- Three elements of good quality sleep are:
- Duration:The length of sleep should be sufficient for the sleeper to be rested and alert the following day.
- Continuity:Sleep periods should be seamless without fragmentation.
- Depth:Sleep should be deep enough to be restorative.
In addition to clinical sleep problems, poor sleep habits can cause poor quality sleep in adults. To help improve overall sleep and wellness, World Sleep Society has created:
10 Commandments of Sleep Hygiene for Adults
- Establish a regular bedtime and waking time.
- If you are in the habit of taking siestas, do not exceed 45 minutes of daytime sleep.
- Avoid excessive alcohol ingestion 4 hours before bedtime, and do not smoke.
- Avoid caffeine 6 hours before bedtime. This includes coffee, tea and many sodas, as well as chocolate.
- Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4 hours before bedtime. A light snack before bed is acceptable.
- Exercise regularly, but not right before bed.
- Use comfortable, inviting bedding.
- Find a comfortable sleep temperature setting and keep the room well ventilated.
- Block out all distracting noise and eliminate as much light as possible.
Reserve your bed for sleep and sex, avoiding its use for work or general recreation.
Please CLICK HERE for the link to the NHS website on Sleep and Tiredness